2019年11月10日
真理對抗謊言

粵語 國語

第10天


讀經:   

以西結書四章1至17節

1人子啊,你要拿一塊磚擺在你面前,將一座耶路撒冷城畫在其上。

2又圍困這城,造台築壘,安營攻擊,在四圍安設撞錘攻城,

3又要拿個鐵鏊放在你和城的中間,作為鐵牆。你要對面攻擊這城,使城被困,這樣,好作以色列家的預兆。

4你要向左側臥,承當以色列家的罪孽;要按你向左側臥的日數,擔當他們的罪孽,

5因為我已將他們作孽的年數,定為你向左側臥的日數,就是三百九十日,你要這樣擔當以色列家的罪孽。

6再者,你滿了這些日子,還要向右側臥,擔當猶大家的罪孽。我給你定規側臥四十日,一日頂一年。

7你要露出膀臂,面向被困的耶路撒冷,說預言攻擊這城。

8我用繩索捆綁你,使你不能輾轉,直等你滿了困城的日子。

9你要取小麥、大麥、豆子、紅豆、小米、粗麥,裝在一個器皿中,用以為自己做餅;要按你側臥的三百九十日吃這餅。

10你所吃的要按分兩吃,每日二十舍客勒,按時而吃。

11你喝水也要按制子,每日喝一欣六分之一,按時而喝。

12你吃這餅像吃大麥餅一樣,要用人糞在眾人眼前燒烤。

13耶和華說:以色列人在我所趕他們到的各國中,也必這樣吃不潔淨的食物。

14我說:哎!主耶和華啊,我素來未曾被玷污,從幼年到如今沒有吃過自死的,或被野獸撕裂的,那可憎的肉也未曾入我的口。

15於是他對我說:看哪,我給你牛糞代替人糞,你要將你的餅烤在其上。

16他又對我說:人子啊,我必在耶路撒冷折斷他們的杖,就是斷絕他們的糧。他們吃餅要按分兩,憂慮而吃;喝水也要按制子,驚惶而喝;

17使他們缺糧缺水,彼此驚惶,因自己的罪孽消滅。

在以西結時代有一個可悲的現象;而可悲的是,這個現象到今天依然存在。那就是:「哪裡有真貨,哪裡就有膺品;哪裡有麥子,哪裡就有稗子。」以西結確是神所揀選的先知,但在他周圍,卻有無數的假先知,專門講討百姓歡心的事。

這些假先知的足蹟遍佈耶路撒冷和巴比倫,他們不斷向猶太人預言,被擄生涯很快結束,他們很快可以重回故土。反之,以西結的任務,卻是要向同胞傳講一個不受歡迎的信息:「你們還要留在巴比倫很久。」當人們已聽信有人將謊言當作真理,以他們接受的方式傳講給他們,要說服他們接受真理,終非易事。

為此,神便教導以西結,透過至少四個象徵性行為和實物的公開示範,向百姓說明被擄的原因和有關的事實。第一個象徵性行動,是把耶路撒冷城畫在一塊泥版上,然後,再造一些高臺堡壘、軍營和撞錘等武器的模型,模擬耶路撒冷遭到圍攻的情景。

在做完這幅圍城的景象之後,以西結再以另一個令人心碎的象徵性行動,來說明圍城的時間(4至8節)和城內的恐怖狀況(9至17節)。其實,百姓依然在被擄之中,便足以證明以西結的信息和警告是正確的;然而,他們仍然不肯聽信神的真先知──以西結。

神為何要祂的百姓遭逢此劫,被擄到一個敬奉異教偶像的遠邦為奴呢?因為他們背逆神的律法,並公然拜其他偶像。神施予這一切懲罰,內在的目的和願望是要百姓回轉,重新歸向祂。

神會用不同的方式來管教我們,但目的卻始終如一:引領我們到一個新的境地,完全順服祂完美的旨意。祂對待我們,如同父親對待兒女,為的是要我們更像祂兒子耶穌基督。我們願意聽從祂的管教嗎?

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TRUTH VERSUS UNTRUTH
Day 10


Bible Reading:   

Ezekiel 4: 1-17

1 “You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem.

2 Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around.

3 Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.

4 “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity.

5 For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

6 And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.

7 “Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem; your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it.

8 And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege.

9 “Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.

10 And your food which you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat it.

11 You shall also drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; from time to time you shall drink.

12 And you shall eat it as barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight.”

13 Then the LORD said, “So shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.”

14 So I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Indeed I have never defiled myself from my youth till now; I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has abominable flesh ever come into my mouth.”

15 Then He said to me, “See, I am giving you cow dung instead of human waste, and you shall prepare your bread over it.”

16 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, surely I will cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and shall drink water by measure and with dread,

17 that they may lack bread and water, and be dismayed with one another, and waste away because of their iniquity.

There is a tragic principle which was obvious in Ezekiel’s day and, sad to say, is still with us today. It is this, “Wherever you find the genuine, you will also find the counterfeit. Where there is wheat, there are also tares.” Ezekiel was a true prophet of God, but against him there were numerous false prophets, saying those things the people wanted to hear.

These false prophets were active in both Jerusalem and Babylon. They repeatedly said the captivity would soon be over and the Jewish people would return to their own land. On the other hand, Ezekiel had the unwelcome task of saying, “You will be in Babylon for a long time.” But it is always hard to convince men and women of the truth when they have been convinced of an untruth by a person who is dogmatic in their way of speaking.

To help Ezekiel convey the real truth about the captivity and the reason for it, God gave him at least four symbolic actions or object lessons which he was to publicly demonstrate. The first one was a clay tablet with a drawing of the city of Jerusalem on it. Ezekiel was to draw mounds against it, with camps and weapons of war around it.

This picture of a besieged city was followed by heart breaking symbols of both the length of the siege (vv.4-8) and the dreadful conditions inside the city (vv. 9-17). But the people still refused to listen to God’s true prophet, Ezekiel, even though their own continuing captivity proved the truth of his message and warnings.

Why did God allow His people to come to this disastrous situation far away from their own land and becoming slaves to a foreign heathen power? It was because they disobeyed God’s laws and because of their outright idolatry. God’s underlying objective and hope in all of this was to persuade His people to turn back to Himself.

God’s dealings with us are different but His objective is the same that we might be brought to a fresh place of surrender to His perfect will. He deals with us as His children with the purpose of our becoming more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Are we allowing Him to do this?